July means so much to many people. It is serious, since it includes celebrating,
here in the United States, our Independence. It is exciting and fun, since this is
not June wedding- or graduation- time. Just put some food together and head
out to the beach, park, your backyard and enjoy a picnic. There are lots of
lightning bugs, mosquitoes and lovely flitting moths and fluttering butterflies
in the month of July.
Hip Hip Hooray for July!
Although each month’s post is created with more rhyme than reason, I will
throw in gardening ideas and quotations usually. This month I ‘discovered’
a man many may already have known, Siegfried Sassoon. This was a leading
poet of WWI period. He was born on September 8, 1886 in Heytesbury,
Wiltshire, England. He passed away on September 1, 1967 just a week before
his 81st birthday in Matfield, Kent, England.
Here is Siegfried Sassoon’s poem given to you to rejoice, revel and revere.
In the grey summer garden I shall find you.
With daybreak and the morning hills behind you.
There will be rain-wet roses; stir of wings;
And down the wood a thrush that wakes and sings.
Not from the past you’ll come, but from that deep
Where beauty murmurs to the soul asleep;
And I shall know the sense of life re-born.
From dreams into the mystery of morn.
Where gloom and brightness meet and standing there
Till that calm song is done, at last we’ll share
The league-spread, ‘quiring symphonies that are
Joy in the world, and peace, and dawn’s one star.”
*************************************** JULY *******************************************
This month’s gemstone ignites poetic words from the society which writes
“Rubies arouse the senses.
Stir the imagination.
Said to guarantee good health, wisdom, wealth and success in Love.”
When purchasing this birthstone, look for the most prized colors of a
medium to medium-dark ‘vivid’ red or a purplish red.
July 1- First Full Moon: “Full Buck Moon.”
Enjoy this evening, knowing we have a bonus one on the last day of
July 4th- Independence Day
Home town parades, fireworks displays: Enjoy!
July’s flowers: Larkspur, Delphiniums.
July’s flowers are diverse, two are similar but can see differences while
observing the Larkspur is more open in its shape, while Delphiniums
are more ‘trumpet like.’
Here were some interesting ‘other’ nicknames for Larkspur:
I was very pleased to read those born in July may also celebrate
Water Lilies as their birth flower. When I think of water lilies, I
picture Claude Monet’s art work. I savor Monet’s great series of
paintings with these lovely flowers lying on his beautiful, private pond.
The Cleveland Museum of Art has an entire wall with their largest
Impressionist’s piece (Water Lilies). You may sit on a bench and feel
tranquil and transported into the past over to France. You’ll feel the
warmth of the sun on your face, as you gaze at Monet’s Japanese-style
garden he had carefully cultivated for his yard.
July 8- Last quarter moon.
July 9- Nunavet Day (Canada)
In 1982, this special section became a district separate from the
July 12- Orangemen’s Day, traditional (N. L.) This is a celebration in
Canada, incorporating Newfoundland and Labrador in this holiday.
On this date, Norther Ireland has a “Bank Holiday,” due to celebrating
the Battle of Boyne in 1690. It says U.K. include this in their holidays.
Let me know if this is true, dear Brits.
July 15- New Moon.
June 24- Pioneer Day (Utah)
July 26th- The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed on 2/26/90.
July 27- National Korean War Veteran’s Armistice Day.
July 31- Second Full Moon: “Full Thunder Moon.”
Not a blue moon by definition has to be the 3rd of 4 full moons in a single
season. (If you get this, please let us know more about this in the comments
Here are some Independence Quotes:
~*~*~* One *~*~*~
“You can’t separate peace from freedom
Because no one can be at peace unless
He has his freedom.”
~ Malcolm X
~*~*~* Two *~*~*~
“Liberty means responsibility,
That is why some men dread it.”
~ George Bernard Shaw
~*~*~* Three *~*~*~
John Adams, (1735 – 1826) on Fourth of July celebrations:
“It will be celebrated…
With pomp and parade…
Bonfires and illuminations…
From one end of the continent to the other.”
What will you be celebrating this month?
What will you bring to our large blogging community Picnic?
I plan on making an Italian layered pasta salad, olives both
green and black, pepperoni slices, onions, banana peppers
and generous handfuls of grated parmesan and mozzarella